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Author van Zyl Smit, D
Title Taking life imprisonment seriously in national and international law : In National and International Law
Imprint Leiden : BRILL, 2002
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Note Intro -- Table of Contents -- Acknowledgements -- List of Tables -- CHAPTER 1 - STUDYING LIFE IMPRISONMENT -- 1. What is a life sentence? -- 2. A brief historical introduction -- 3. Justifying and limiting punishment -- a) Prohibitions on cruel, inhuman and degrading punishments -- b) Human dignity -- c) Rehabilitation -- d) Liberty, legality and due process -- 4. Punishment in context -- 5. The structure of this book -- CHAPTER 2 - THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA -- 1. The current position -- 2. Historical background -- a) The colonies and the new republic -- b) A new penal vision -- c) Implementing the new vision -- d) Consolidation and restriction -- 3. The 1970s and the modern era -- a) Life sentences for drug offenders -- b) Life without parole -- c) 'Three strikes and you are out' -- 4. Life imprisonment and the Constitution -- 5. Juveniles -- 6. Indirect life sentences for the dangerous sane? -- 7. Conclusion -- CHAPTER 3 - ENGLAND AND WALES -- 1. The current position -- 2. Historical background -- a) Early alternatives to the death penalty -- b) Indeterminate preventive sentences -- c) Life imprisonment and the abolition of the death penalty -- 3. The new system in operation -- 4. Contemporary life imprisonment: so what has changed? -- a) Imposing life prior to the Human Rights Act 1998 -- b) Implementing life -- 5. Human rights for lifers as the way forward? -- 6. Conclusion -- CHAPTER 4 - GERMANY -- 1. The current position -- 2. Historical background -- 3. The purpose of imprisonment and the life sentence -- 4. The constitutional challenge -- 5. The impact of the 1977 decision of the Federal Constitutional Court -- 6. Further constitutional decisions -- 7. Abolition as the (constitutional) alternative? -- 8. Resurgent punitiveness? -- 9. Conclusion -- CHAPTER 5 - INTERNATIONAL CRIMINAL JUSTICE -- 1. The current position
2. Punishment in international law -- 3. The International Law Commission -- a) Arguments against life imprisonment -- b) Arguments for life imprisonment -- 4. Building on the debate of the International Law Commission -- 5. Life imprisonment and international Realpolitik -- a) Life imprisonment as automatic substitute for the death penalty? -- b) Releasing lifers -- c) The tribunals in practice -- 6. The International Criminal Court: a principled compromise? -- a) Restricted use of life imprisonment -- b) International penalties and national laws -- c) Enforcement of sentences -- 7. Conclusion -- CHAPTER 6 - TAKING LIFE IMPRISONMENT SERIOUSLY? -- 1. Introduction -- 2. Severity and proportionality -- 3. Life sentences for habitual offenders? -- 4. Dangerousness and risk as limits on proportionality -- 5. Dangerousness tamed? -- 6. Life imprisonment for the most severe crimes? -- 7. Human dignity -- 8. Practice -- 9. Conclusion -- BIBLIOGRAPHY -- TABLE OF CASES -- INDEX -- A -- B -- C -- D -- E -- F -- G -- H -- I -- J -- K -- L -- M -- N -- O -- P -- R -- S -- T -- U -- V -- W -- Z
This text tackles the complexity of life imprisonment - describing how various forms of it are imposed and implemented in the US, England and Wales and Germany, as well as in the international system of criminal justice. The book also examines the justifications for its use
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Link Print version: van Zyl Smit, D. Taking life imprisonment seriously in national and international law : In National and International Law Leiden : BRILL,c2002 9789041117724
Subject Life imprisonment.;Criminal justice, Administration of
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